Roots and Wings
Roots & Wings tells the story of a Mexican familiy in the United States struggling to regain its balance. Ruben Diaz, a faithful husband and father, must deal with his wife’s conversion to another religion. While his wife Antonia feels she is obeying God by being baptized, Ruben feels betrayed by her disloyalty to their Catholic vows and cultural values. This conflict threatens to tear their family apart.
Produced by Maria Agustina Perez, Christian Vuissa
Directed by Christian Vuissa
Screenplay by Maria Agustina Perez and Christian Vuissa
Cast Members: German Contreras, Maria Carr, Ivan Hernandez, Missy Carr, Mosiah Gonzales, Carlos Tirado
Music Composed by: Colin Moore
Film Editor: Ludwig Einklang
Cinematographer: Brandon Christensen
Distributor: Thomson Productions
Production Company: Wingspan Pictures
Created as a student film at BYU, this was later marketed commercially on video by Thomson Productions.
Roots & Wings was awarded Best Film 2002 from the Association for Mormon Letters (AML) and Best Director/Best Screenplay at the Eclipse Int’l Film Festival and Best College Drama at the Thunderbird Int’l Film Festival. It also received an Gold Aurora Award for Best Foreign Language Film 2002.